Friday, October 10, 2008

My photos and words are posted on this website

I know this is a common problem, so how do you deal with it?
http://www.foodrecipeonline.info/ This website has several of my recipes/writing and photos posted (my photos are actually hot-linked). What can I do about it? I noticed nearly all of Elise's posts are there also. Is this just how it is? We just ignore it? The hot linking irritates me more than the content theft, frankly.

So what do I do?

Katie from chaosinthekitchen.com

11 comments:

Ellen said...

Some web hosting companies prevent hot linking as an option. You might see if yours does. For content (I don't take many photos), I've always written and asked them to be removed, if there is any contact info. Some folks have complied. Some never answer. For some organizations that I felt didn't quite understand the nuances I offered that they could keep the material posted if they added a credit line back to my blog, which they did with an apology. If it's just a single post or maybe two, I tend to write it off as "some people are (*#$." I figure they don't have enough creativity to keep up the site anyway, nor are they offering any real value. So I just let it go and try to keep producing new stuff. I know I don't read any sites that just repost random stuff with no feeling of continuity. I guess I figure the audience is smart enough to figure it out. And I'd rather put my energies into creating new stuff.

Ellen said...

Oh, also. I was just talking to someone else about this. She said she fixed her own posts to use a renamed photo and then put a really embarrassing photo so the hot linked photo would now say something like "This post stolen from..." It's your photo. You can make it say whatever you'd like. ;)

Andrew said...

I was going to say exactly what ellen has just posted - change the original photo to read STOLEN or somesuch. Also assuming you have reported the site to google for being a scraper site? The only reason it exists is to host the google ads, without them it will close (to be replaced by another, sigh)

Nate-n-Annie said...

If splog websites start showing up higher ranked than the originals, people will trust Google search results less. Help Google clear out the splogs and clean up their system.

Go here

https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=18386

Click on the Contact Form link, fill in the blanks.

Nate-n-Annie said...

Here's something you might want to read. An article about how to prevent image bandwidth theft:

http://www.thesitewizard.com/archive/bandwidththeft.shtml

I should also say, I watermark my images to include my name and URL of our site. So at least anyone looking at the pic would know what the original URL is.

lauren said...

OT, but I don't think I ever shared my little side project with you...
I am in the restaurant biz, so this was me merging two passions.

http://www.foodies4obama.blogspot.com/

if you like it, pass it on!

Almost Vegetarian said...

Contact them, of course, and ask either that your content be removed or that you get reimbursed.

Alas, however, copyright may be a dying breed with so much content out there. So bear this in mind.

Cheers!

Reeni said...

Here is a link to a blog by Cyndi Allison, she went through the same thing and tells you step by step what you can do.http://www.foodbuzz.com/news/503511-watch-out-for-web-sites-stealing-foodie-content Hope it helps! Also I use a site called picnik to write my blog website on all my photos. It is free and worth the extra time it takes if it will prevent theft.

Reeni said...

I also wanted to tell you to join myfreecopyright.com and copyscape. They check the web for copies of your posts and myfreecopyright automatically registers my new posts.
They are both free.

Drew Kime said...

We had a discussion of this over at the Foodie Blogroll forum: http://www.leftoverqueen.com/forum/index.php?topic=871.0

I posted the letter I sent to the hosting company, along with the links to find the information on who you need to send it to.

I read the link above from Reeni, and there's on thing you might have going for you that Cyndi might not have thought of. Even though the domain was registered in China (I believe it was registered in Poland in my case) the host may have been in the U.S. If that's the case, they have to take it down. It's the law. And you can file it by email.

Follow my link above for a thread that contains all the legal references, research links, and a sample letter.

Good luck.

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